Nikon 24-70 versus 17-55

Started Jan 6, 2008 | Discussions thread
coorslight Regular Member • Posts: 322
Re: field of view versus other cnsiderations

I can totally understand your desire for bokeh and isolation when shooting portraits. this is why I use my 17-55 as my event/travel lens. When I am seriously shooting portraits I use my 85mm f/1.4 or my 200 f/2

I have chosen a path where my work horse lens is the 17-55 and all of my specialty lenses are primes. for me this gives the most versatility along with little if any sacrifice in quality.

I would much rather shoot my serious portraits with a prime, even the 85mm f/1.8, than I would with any of the current mid range zooms. F/2 at 85 gives much better bokeh and isolation than you will ever get at 70mm and f/2.8

Joseph Lab wrote:

Thank you so much for quanitfying precisely the field of view
considerations. It is always good to have some hard facts. The
advantage at the long end of the 24-70 is more bokeh and isolation
than field of view. If it was just field of view the 17-55 wins.
Even for my style of shooting the 17-55 is the more useful range.
However, for portraits the 24-70 is better and I do have those other
lenses. The 24-70 seems to have (at least based on current
information) an unquestionably great performance, whereas there have
always been nagging doubts about the 17-55. I managed to produce a
number of inexpicably poor images with the samples I had. Possibly
some kind of user error.

I have played with the 24-70. It handles like a dream despite its
size. Perhaps one should choose the lens that does best the things
you do most. That would probably be the 24-70, and there is then
full frame. But it certainly is less of a one lens solution.

Best wishes


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Nikon D80 & D200, 10.5mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, 17-55mm f/2.8
85mm f/1.4, 200mm f/2VR, Lensbaby 3G
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